Geranium renardii 'Philippe Vapelle'

Geranium renardii ‘Philippe Vapelle’
(jer-AY-nee-um  ren-ARD-dee-eye)
syn. Geranium ‘Philippe Vapelle’
Family:
Geraniaceae
Common name: meadow cranesbill
Zone: 4 – 9
Height: 12 in (30 cm)   Spread: 12-18 in (30-45 cm)
Aspect: full sun; partial shade
Soil: average; well-draining
Water: moderate    

Description: An herbaceous perennial with a neat, mounding habit. Rounded, lobed leaves are reminiscent of Geranium renardii – soft, velvety texture with a quilted look in blue-grey-green colour. Bluish-purple flowers with dark veins appear in mid-spring through mid-summer. Petals are flushed with rosy-pink and are notched.

 

Special Notes: A hybrid seedling raided by Ivan Louette of Belgium from crossing Geranium renardii and Geranium platypetalum. The same cross was developed by Alan Bremner which resulted in a plant identical to ‘Philippe Vapelle’. The Bremner hybrid is being distributed by Axeltree Nursery under this name, as permitted under the rules of the International Code of Nomenclature of Cultivated Plants. Very easy care; relatively pest and disease free. Drought tolerant. Deer and rabbit resistant. Propagation by seed; division in spring or autumn.

 

Posted on December 16, 2012